Boonah, Aratula, Lake Maroon and Lake Moogerah

Boonah is a vibrant, colourful country town in the Scenic Rim’s west. Boonah began life as a hub of rural pursuits and agriculture remains a key industry today.

Boonah is also a popular destination for newcomers seeking a relaxing tree change. It’s the gateway to the Moogerah Peaks and Main Range National Parks, as well as Lakes Moogerah and Maroon.

Boonah was settled by German and English pioneers in the early 1800s and once boasted a butter factory and numerous dairies. Today the land surrounding this scenic town is productive with vegetables, grain, beef, pork, poultry, grapes and olives.

The historic Queenslander architecture of the early settlers is still on show in the town’s central business district and residential streets.

Boonah is an ideal base for boating and fishing, as well as scenic walks and camping. The local airfield is busy and offers enthusiasts the chance to see the scenery from a glider or light aircraft.

Local food and wine is on the menu at many of the region’s wineries, restaurants and historic country pubs. Boonah also boasts a number of stunning wedding venues.

Nearby, along the busy Cunningham Highway, you’ll find Aratula. It’s a popular resting spot for motorists and offers a myriad of food and drink options.

The hardest part will be choosing between Arthur Clive’s Bakery, Aratula Café & Ice Creamery, Oliver’s Real Food, and the service station cafés. Stock up on local produce at the Aratula Markets and try one of their fresh juices. Browse the antique shop; you never know what treasures you will find.

Many roads around these parts lead to a lake. Two of the region’s most popular are Lakes Moogerah and Maroon. Both are open to powered craft and are a haven for water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. Pitch your tent, or book into a self-contained cottage and enjoy a longer country escape.

Boonah, Aratula, Lake Maroon and Lake Moogerah

 Things to do

  • Visit the Regional Gallery Boonah.
  • BYO jet ski and hit the water at Lakes Moogerah and Maroon or paddle your kayak on Lake Wyaralong (no powered craft allowed).
  • Call into Far Outdoors and get some local knowledge on the nearby walks through National Parks and spectacular bushland.
  • Visit the Boonah Airfield and book a flight over the mountains.
  • Enjoy a long lunch at Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm.
  • Check out one of the local wedding reception venues.
  • Call into the Visitor Information Centre.
  • Hook up your fishing boat and drop a line in one of the lakes.
  • Cool down in a nearby swimming hole.
  • Test your motocross skills at the QLD Moto Park.
  • Revive and refresh at one of Boonah’s cafés.
  • Call into the Scenic Rim Brewery for a local beer and meal.
  • Stock up on local produce at the Aratula Market.
  • Browse the treasures at the Aratula Antique shop.